Spain’s white elephants | World news | The Guardian

May 10, 2012


White elephants

• City of Culture, Santiago de Compostela

Construction of two of the six buildings for a huge culture campus in the capital city of the Galicia region has been postponed indefinitely. The cost of the scheme, designed by Peter Eisenman, is €300m (£257m) so far.

• Huesca airport

Built four years ago at a cost of €40m to bring tourists to the northern province’s ski resorts, it received just four commercial passenger flights in the three months to August.

• AVE train station, Guadalajara

Only 60 passengers a day use the high-speed trains at this station built in farmland six miles from the Madrid dormitory city of Guadalajara. Commuters say the service is too expensive and too far out of town.

• Castellón airport

Formally inaugurated in March, with a promise that it would start receiving passengers by September, this €150m airport on the east coast has now put back its first commercial flights to April next year at the earliest.

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